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Iran’s nationals unable to perform annual hajj, accuses Saudi Arabia

TEHRAN- Iran says that its nationals will be unable to perform the annual hajj this year. The country has accused Saudi Arabia, its arch rival for incapacitating the arrangements amid major diplomatic spat and the stampede in the last year’s hajj.

As per the details, a delegation from Tehran underwent four day-talk in Saudi Arabia last month intended to chalk out a deal for Iranians to go to Mecca in September.

This was the first dialogue between the region’s two super Shiite and Sunni powers since the relations tensed in January. But the dialogue was disrupted due to the closed Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran and Iranian flights to the Kingdom frozen.

“The arrangements have not been put together and it’s now too late,” Iran’s Culture Minister Ali Jannati says. “The sabotage is coming from the Saudis.

“Their attitude was cold and inappropriate. They did not accept our proposals concerning the issuing of visas or the transport and security of the pilgrims.

“Saudi officials say our pilgrims must travel to another country to make their visa applications.”

Iran wants Saudi Arabia to issue visas through the Swiss embassy in Tehran, which has looked after Saudi interests since Riyadh broke off ties in January following the ransacking of its diplomatic missions by protesters after it executed a leading Shiite cleric.